David is a Coloradoan, through and through, though he now resides in Seattle. He is grateful to have had the opportunity to work with musicians from Washington, DC to Greeley, Colorado to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His work draws inspiration from Soviet-era orchestral music (Shostakovich, in particular) and American genres like blues and bluegrass.
This Denver, Colorado artist has been discovering her style over the past two years. Classically trained from Western State University, she got her degree in Painting with an emphasis in watercolor and quantitive statistics. After school, she lived in a variety of cities such as Chicago and Florence, Italy.
The strength of the pieces comes from the thick layers built from the palette knife and the soul of the painting is from the endless amount of color. Inspiration is found mostly in the inner beauty of herself and others around her. Laura is recently published with RAW Denver Art, and more of her work can be found on www.laurapenapainting.pixieset.com
Allie is a videographer who loves to tell stories with dignity and respect and whose work reflects hope and empowerment. Raised in Washington and Virginia, she now calls Seattle home. Allie is the owner of M Squared Creative, a video production company in Seattle, and currently captures stories of guests and program graduates of Seattle's Union Gospel Mission. Her past experience includes being a marketing specialist as well as producing and directing a documentary focused on survivors of trafficking.
Currently based in Seattle, Tucker writes and produces independently and fronts his current music project, dillingham. Tucker's songs draw from varying ends of the music spectrum, from his years of fiddle-playing as a child to bluegrass bands, jam bands, and choir, the composition-like structure of most songs take a listener on a journey of asking questions and looking for answers.
"With conviction, strength, and intellect, the skillful partnership of Tucker’s voice and guitar besots listeners. His captivating voice resonates through the core, transcending you to a thought-provoking stratosphere, while the band behind him, known as dillingham, is performing a score, which in a beautifully ironic way, keeps you grounded." -cville niche
Shortlisted for Granta magazine’s “Best of Young American Novelists,” Steven Dunn is the author of two books, both from Tarpaulin Sky Press: water & power (2018) and Potted Meat, which was co-winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize and finalist for a Colorado Book Award. Steven was born and raised in West Virginia, and after 10 years in the Navy he earned a B.A. in Creative Writing from University of Denver. He is currently an MFA candidate at Goddard College.
Raised on mountain air, spring runoff, and endless cups of stubbornness, Elle originates from Colorado but now navigates the foggy forests of the Pacific Northwest, calling Portland home for now. She is a writer and poet who draws inspiration from science, nature, and everyday ironies. She has found that listening, while not her strength, is the best source of material. Her work has been featured in local zines, Denver based magazine, Interkors, and a self-published collection of work, Exit Cues.
Photography found Caleb. With the idea in mind that you need to go to school, get a job and anything creative or artistic would have to fit in here or there, he was proved wrong. After saying yes to attending a film photography class with a friend in school, he was hooked and the rest is history. Focusing on commercial photography with an array of brands, he most enjoys the people, travels and stories that come as a welcome perk of the job.
Raised in Fort Collins, Colorado, Duncan was inspired by the films of Walt Disney and the work of Jim Henson - he developed a passion for drawing, painting, photography and filmmaking at a young age. While painting remains a hobby for now, Duncan has spent the last 10 years working in production management at Pixar Animation Studios, The Moving Picture Company and Lucasfilm on films that include ‘Toy Story 3’, ‘Inside Out’, ‘The Jungle Book’ and most recently Steven Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’. Duncan lives in London, England where he continues to be inspired by the city’s history, diversity, art and live theatre.
Mark is an engineer, poet, and writer living in Seattle. He studied Physics and Creative Writing in college, thinking this was the ticket to fulfill his dream of becoming an author of trashy, sci-fi novels. It was not. Now, after a decade of being told (firmly! repeatedly!) that metaphors and narrative have no place in his technical engineering reports, Mark is exploring more acceptable creative outlets. He’s excited to join with and contribute alongside these other artists.
Michael Rivadeneyra is the Senior Director of Government Relations at the YMCA of Greater New York, where he develops the legislative and budgetary agenda for the organization. Prior to this role, Michael served in various capacities as a legislative staffer to New York City Council Members James Vacca, Annabel Palma, and Diana Reyna.
Michael attended CUNY Law School, a public interest law school, where he served as a legal intern at Main Street Legal Services. He represented immigrant survivors of gender violence and advocated on behalf of undergraduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
In his spare time Michael enjoys brewing beer, smoking meats, cooking Peruvian food and amateur photography.
Annie Denison is a Colorado-born artist currently working out of the Denver area. Working primarily in the organically abstract, inspiration for her work ranges anywhere from beautiful Rocky Mountain landscapes and flora to the dark and withdrawn corners of our daily environment. She believes that art is influenced heavily by our own emotions, and that as an audience, the best way to love art is to put yourself in the artist’s shoes and find your own reflection in the piece. She graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado Denver in 2013, and when she isn’t painting, teaches Krav Maga Self Defense and fitness out of Colorado Krav Maga Training Centers in Denver.
Kris Fritzsche is an artist and arts educator based in Denver, Colorado. He has been in the classroom working with young artists for over twenty years and making art of all kinds his whole life! Kris’ preferred materials to work with are metal and clay. He currently runs a small fabrication shop and ceramics studio where he nurtures creativity in himself and his students every day. Kris draws inspiration from the people and events that surround him, and he is known to design and build objects that have purpose and function, as well as artifacts that are just fun to look at! When he is not making art, Kris enjoys hiking, backpacking, chicken raising, beekeeping, working on his classic truck, and most of all, time with his wife Vanessa, son Ben, and daughter Ella (his three favorite people in the whole wide world)!
Woody Roseland is a portrait photographer and film director. He's done many important projects that are a very big deal. He once took a photo that was on the cover of The Westword, that's right, ring a bell? The WESTWORD!
Born and raised in Portland, OR, Kyle Kohlman began his photography journey in the forests of the Columbia Gorge, focusing on nature and landscapes. While still an avid photographer, Kyle dives into anything creative he can get his paws on, including wedding videography, web design, short-film and podcast production, voice-over projects, and performing improv any time he can get on stage.